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Barnier welcomes Raab by stressing urgency of Irish border deadline
The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has welcomed Dominic Raab to Brussels with a thinly veiled critique of Theresa May's Chequers plan and a 13-week deadline in which to solve the problem of the Irish border.

Appearing with Barnier for the first time in the Belgian capital, the new Brexit secretary, clutching a copy of the UK's recently published Brexit white paper, called for more "vim, vigour and energy" in the troubled negotiations.

The former Foreign Office lawyer told reporters he was "looking forward to intensifying, heating up, the negotiations", after stepping into the role following the resignation of David Davis over the paper, which sets out how the UK is in effect seeking to stay in the single market for goods by following a raft of EU laws.

by Bernard on Thu Jul 19th, 2018 at 08:15:59 PM EST

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